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Jenkins a doubt to face Barbarians

27th May 2013 14:28


Gethin Jenkins in Lions jersey

Calf strain: Gethin Jenkins

British and Irish Lions prop Gethin Jenkins is a doubt for Saturday's clash with the Barbarians in Hong Kong.

Jenkins picked up the knock when coming on as a substitute for Toulon in the Heineken Cup Final against Clermont.

Coach Warren Gatland stated the physios expect Jenkins to be back in action over the next few days, with Cian Healy and Mako Vunipola the other two options to start on Saturday at loosehead.

"I don't think it's a serious I may be back Saturday or maybe Wednesday," said Jenkins to WalesOnline.

"It's a bit of a niggle really, probably because I came off the bench in the final from doing nothing to defending for 20 minutes.

"The physios are hopeful he will be up and running within three or four days.

"But other than that we have been pretty lucky with the guys who have played in finals and we haven't picked up an injuries in training either."

Gatland also addressed the suspension of Dylan Hartley, who was handed an 11-week ban after verbally abusing referee Wayne Barnes during the Aviva Premiership Final, forcing him to miss the Lions tour to Australia.

"It's fairly obvious he's made an unfortunate error," added Gatland.

"You have to play this game on the edge, but he's gone to the edge of the cliff and then jumped off it.

"I really feel for him. I called him yesterday and left a message and he left a message on my phone today. I was looking forward to working with him. Hopefully he can put this behind him and move on. My understanding is he will not appeal the decision but that is his decision.

"We waited until his hearing was conducted and that was only fair before making a call to Rory Best.

"He was unfortunate to miss out originally and that has been going through my head. I have had a discussion with myself since selection over whether we made the right call to leave him out originally. People have said he was unlucky and they were 100 per cent correct.

"Rory was unlucky and as soon as Dylan was ruled out we didn't really have to talk about calling him, it was an easy decision.

"Sometimes it's strange how fate can intervene. He has a chance to fight for his place now and it wouldn't surprise me if he put himself in contention for a Test spot later in the tour."